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Kentucky Hot Brown

We recently tried our hand at making this remarkable dish called Kentucky Hot Brown. A traditional American hot sammich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY back in the day, 1926. The Hot Brown is basically an open faced hot sandwich consisting of turkey, bacon and tomato, covered in a Mornay sauce, then baked or broiled until everything is hot, bubbly, crispy and delicious. Perfect dish for a cast iron skillet.


Way Point Saloon

Outstanding Reuben sammich at Way Point Saloon/UTHG recently! I’m not gonna sugarcoat it… It was a pretty conservative amount of meat. This wasn’t stacked all fatty like some old school Jewish deli. What corned beef was there was really good though. Sliced to the perfect thickness, very flavorful and free of oral anomalies. Had a nice mouth feel!

The sauerkraut and melted Swiss were well proportioned and evenly distributed. Thick-sliced marble rye was perfectly grilled and fresh tasting. Didn’t get all sogged out on the bottom like many hot sandwiches do. Thousand island dressing was thoughtfully served on the side so as not to turn the whole thing into a hot mess! I appreciated that. $11.95 with choice of side.

Italian Cucina

My new favorite dish at Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina is the baked penne pasta! Creamy vodka tomato sauce with Italian sausage and Parmesan. The whole thing is baked off with a thin layer of mozzarella on the top and just outstanding.

The Par Lounge

I totally missed National Pizza Day yesterday! But hey, I love a good pizza any day of the year! So here’s a fine specimen from The Par Lounge in Ramona.

Something Delicious

Outstanding pre-performance theater dinner recently, catered by Something Delicious. Kitty Brisendine’s personal chef service has been just phenomenal the few times I’ve experienced it. This was a perfectly cooked citrus chicken with roasted fennel & root vegetables along with the tastiest cold asparagus & tomato salad. Also a tremendous lemon blueberry cheesecake parfait with an excellent dessert wine!

The dinner was brilliantly hosted at Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery. One of the best wineries in Ramona, that I can tell you!

Taco Bell

Is it dessert or is it breakfast? It’s both if you ask me! These Cinnabon Delights are some of the best things I’ve put in my mouth at Taco Bell. Hot cinnamon spheres filled with a warm icing center that just pops when you eat it.


Outstanding grilled shrimp burrito at Rubio’s! Incredibly small, but super tasty.


There’s not much I like about McDonald’s anymore, but a decent breakfast is not hard to find here. One of my favorites is the sausage biscuit with egg. Depending on your timing and location, you can actually get a good hot biscuit.

Little Caesar’s

Outstanding $5 Hot & Ready pizza from Little Caesar’s for the kids. I might have snuck a piece or two… Seriously though, one of the best deals around as long as it hasn’t been sitting in the hotbox too long.

The Oaks Grille

Tasty order of fish & chips at The Oaks Grille. Not the best I’ve had in town, but a respectable dish nonetheless. They have a new version made with a sriracha batter that I’d love to try soon.

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